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Patient Education


Patient Education

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A missing tooth is not just a matter of your appearance. It's also a health concern, causing additional dental problems.

Broken or Lost Tooth: What to Do

Sometimes a tooth that has been knocked out may be reimplanted, if you protect it and contact your dentist immediately.

Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is your first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful burning feeling in your mouth or on your tongue and lips. Although BMS can affect anyone, it's most common in middle-aged or older women.


A crown is a "cap" for a damaged tooth. A crown usually covers the tooth completely, strengthening and protecting it. Your tooth may need a crown for many reasons: a large old filling, a fracture, dental decay, root canal treatment, or severe discoloring. A crown may also be used to cover a dental implant or attach a dental bridge.

Dental Sealants

Sealants help to prevent tooth decay by keeping germs and food out of hard-to-brush areas on your back teeth.

Diabetes and Dental Health

People with diabetes need to take special care of their oral health because diabetes may lower your resistance to gum disease and other mouth infections.

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry mouth on an occasional basis is not cause for concern. However, constant dry mouth is more than unpleasant: it can lead to serious health problems.

Flossing for Dental Health

Flossing is a major part of your daily dental care—or it should be. It's an essential step in your efforts to remove plaque.


Fluoride is not just for children and adolescents; adults also gain significant benefits.

Mouth Sores

There are many different types of mouth sores. They range from minor irritation caused by friction to painful, contagious outbreaks from viruses. Mouth sores may also be a symptom of a disease. No matter what the case, see your dentist about any sore that lasts over a week.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is more common than most people realize. An estimated 30,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with oral cancer, which includes cancers of the mouth and pharynx (a part of the throat).

Root Canal

Inside every tooth is an area of blood vessels and nerves, known as the pulp. Root canals travel from the tooth's root into the pulp chamber. While normally protected by the hard outer shell, this chamber can be harmed by trauma, severe tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, and other problems.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, besides being painful, can cause lasting damage to your oral health.

Tooth Decay (Dental Caries)

Tooth decay is the gradual destruction of your tooth enamel, leading to caries (cavities), infection, and loss of your tooth. Tooth decay usually begins on the biting surfaces of your teeth, between your teeth, and around existing fillings.